Firefighting capability in the Western Cape has received a boost after Working on Fire’s aerial support fleet was bolstered by the arrival of a Blackhawk firefighting helicopter.
The Blackhawk was deployed to the Franschhoek fires recently, and upon its arrival, it made an immediate impact.
The MEC of Local Government Anton Bredell says this is a very welcome addition to the existing aerial capacity we have in the province.
— Cape Town (@allcapetown) February 25, 2019
The Blackhawk helicopter, which is owned and operated by Leading Edge Aviation, carries a water bucket (also known as a Bambi bucket) with a 3000 litre capacity.
“The Huey helicopters have a 1000l capacity. In addition, the Blackhawk is simply a faster helicopter with better all-weather capability. The helicopter will be in the Western Cape till the end of the current fire season where it will be based in Stellenbosch.”
UH-60, Black Hawk Helicopter has arrived at the Stellenbosch airbase.
Here's a snippet of the aircraft entering our midst.
— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) February 23, 2019